Peace, development and environmental sustainability are usually promoted separately. However, they can often only be achieved together. This is especially so where dry or degraded lands put populations under pressure. More than 75% of the world’s conflicts occur in dry-land areas, which are home to just 35% of the world’s population.
Few of us understand that deserts are often man-made. And fewer still realize that lost land can be restored to sustainable productive use, enhancing food security. On top of this, improved management of the world’s dry land can make a huge contribution to mitigating climate change. Land restoration is a ‘coming issue’.
Land restoration can indeed be a path to building sustainable peace, locally and globally. At the same time, peace is a prerequisite for restoring land. Changes in human attitudes, behaviour and relationships are a key to achieving both. The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security is convened by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and Mohamed Sahnoun, Chair of the Caux Forum for Human Security. Partners for the Dialogue include Excellent Development, London.
Target audience and aims
The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security is part of the IofC programme Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace. Building on the work of the Caux Forum for Human Security, it will gather senior figures from public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as young professionals and grass-roots activists. It aims to:
• Deepen understanding of links between land degradation and human security.
• Share lessons learned and best practices for sustainable land restoration.
• Examine potential for investment in land restoration and peace-building as paths to food security.
• Present training resources available on the ground.
• Build the trust needed for ‘land-peace' policies, effective collaboration and partnerships.
A large part of the Dialogue will consist of workshops based around case studies of land restoration from all parts of the world, which will examine what has worked and what has not worked, and why. In this way a methodology and best practices will be established, and links built between practitioners, advocates and policy makers.
Training resources aimed at overcoming human barriers to land restoration will also be show-cased and studies.
All participants are encouraged to come for the whole period July 7 – 11, as themes will be developed through the whole period. For those who can only manage a shorter time, each day will have a special focus: on grassroots action on July 8th, on the role of business on the 9th and on peace and stability in dry-land regions on the 10th.
More information found here:
- Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Luc Gnacadja is from Benin, where he was Minister of the Environment, Housing, and Urban Planning for 4½ years. An architect by training, he was elected to head the UNCCD in September 2007. He has participated in several Caux conferences and is a strong collaborator with Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace.
- Dr. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, Director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Carbon Management Sequestration Center, Ohio State University; Former President, Soil Science Society of America.
- Ahmedou Ould Abdallah
Mauritanian Ambassador and former senior United Nations official. UN Special Representative to Burundi 1993-5, and to West Africa 2003-7. Co-founder and Advisory Board member, Transparency International.
- Allan Savory
Zimbabwean biologist, farmer, soldier, exile, environmentalist, and winner of the 2003 Banksia International Award and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
All discussions and lectures of the conferences will be translated simultaneously (English, German, French). Simultaneous translations into other languages will be provided according to the needs of the audience.
Please find the programme here